My Favorite Body Scrub

In the past I thought exfoliating was only meant to be done once or twice a week. But from some years on I have heard people (mainly celebrities like Christie Brinkley and Gwyneth Paltrow) claiming that you should scrub every day. Your face and body. And honestly, I am very inclined to think that this is a good way to go. Because besides the fact that it gives the skin a smooth feeling afterwards, it also helps to: make serums or moisturizers being better absorbed by our skin, fight dark and age spots, minimize the appearance of large pores, prevent ingrown hair.

Photo: SoapCherrie.com

Plus, nowadays there are scrub versions that help to hydrate and moisturizer the skin as well. And my favorite body scrub is by a small shop in Brooklyn that uses only finest natural and organic products called Soap Cherie. I use the Coconut Lime one and love it. But there are other scented (and even one unscented) versions like Magnolia, Lavender Patchouli, Orchid and Morning Rose too. They are all made with Dead Sea Salt and formulated with 21 minerals and a variety of nourishing oils including Jojoba oil and Calendula oil to provide a deep exfoliation and nourish the skin.

So, after you do the exfoliating procedure you get smooth, hydrated baby feeling skin. I swear! When you use it you definitely feel the difference it makes on your skin. It is amazing and it smells so good…

Every time I am in New York I get this scrub. Now I am in Rio without it and missing it so much since my scrub stash is over and they do not deliver overseas. Damn!

That MakeUp

That MakeUp
Photo: @Gemma_Chan

This year’s Oscars were full of great red carpet moments. Loved many of the dresses and the tuxes (oh-my-God-Billy-Porter!) and the jewelry… Although all those things I am never gonna have the chance to wear, one thing that I could is this stunning makeup worn by the gorgeous Gemma Chan. It is a simple, elegant cat eye with a dash of green on it. It looks stunning.

Next night out occasion I am definitely try that makeup!

Using And Loving It: Vichy’s Minéral 89

Since I came back to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and found out that I cannot buy my beloved moisturizer here, I am on a mission: to find a real good replacement for it. Don’t know if Vichy’s Minéral 89 is it yet (I have been using it for 3 weeks only) but it is a good contestant. And to be honest, it is a product that I might even use together with my beloved moisturizer. And let me tell you why:

Vichy’s Minéral 89

This moisturizer is a gel that resonates a lot like a serum, it is lightweight, absorbs fast and very well by the skin. It doesn’t get oily, just a bit sticky after you pat it on. The skin looks healthy and hydrated. And yes, it glows on its own.

I wear it day and night. During the day I pat my tonic in my skin first then the Minéral 89 gel and sometimes a moisturizer after that. Then my sunblock. And my beloved tinted sunscreen.

See? I love to wear double products at once… hehehe

At night I clean my skin, pat my tonic on it and use the Minéral 89 gel before my hydrating sleeping mask.

I know (and if you have been reading me you know that too): I am a moisturizer freak. But as I said before: keep the skin always hydrated is key to age well. Indeed.

What Vichy says about Mineral 89:

Minéral 89 is your skin’s daily dose of strength, combining 15 Mineral Rich Water with Hyaluronic Acid to fortify skin and make it more resistant to visible aging caused by pollution, stress to skin, and fatigue. Minéral 89 face moisturizer, with 89% Mineralizing Thermal Water, delivers a boost of hydration for a vibrant, healthy glow.

It is meant to be used by all skin types and it is indicated especially to address dryness and dullness. It is paraben and fragrance free and tested for sensitive skin. Its delicate formula it is well tolerated around the delicate eye area.

The Mineral 89 gel has 4 different sizes: 10 ml, 30 ml, 50 ml and 75 ml. And the price is not so bad: 30 ml bottle is $20. You can buy the smaller bottle and give it a try without causing a wallet commotion.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

I already told you about my crush on moisturizer. But I am also very enthusiastic about keeping my inner body hydrated. I know it is a cliché but I do believe that we need to nourish ourselves inside first. Without it, no matter what we do outside, the outcome is never gonna be optimal, to say the least.

Add some flavor to your water could help to drink plenty of water daily.
Photo: Pixabay.

Our body, aka this wonderful and powerful machine uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. All those functions require water, plus we loose water breathing, sweating, and digesting food, therefore it’s super important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water, like soups, some vegetables like zucchini, for instance.

The amount of water everyone needs vary according a number of factors, such as the climate one lives in, how much one sweats, how physically active a person is and whether or not someone is having heath issues or a disease. And because of that one thing I do since ever is to drink some liquid all along the whole day. I try my best to never feel thirsty. And for that I drink lots of tea, kombucha, coconut water and water. Those are my fixes. And it has been for years. And I do believe it has helped my skin looking pretty good, my metabolism, my digestion… And speaking of digestion, keeping ourselves hydrated could help you to deal with constipation, a common feature among us, menopausers and perimenopausers.

And how ab out you? How do you keep yourself hydrated from inside out? Let’s talk.


Using Henna To Enhance The Eyebrows

And this method is called Henna brows. This is a non-permanent brow filling that I ended up trying a few days ago when I went to the lady who usually does my brows and she suggested I gave it a try. And she did, because this time the end of my eyebrows were kind of thinner than their usual. The thing is I only do my brows professionally every few months and in between sessions I keep them “groomed”myself. I pluck around and cut the hair close to my eyebrows shape, but only the ones I believe shouldn’t be there. And I cut instead of plucking just in case I am wrong. This time I guess I cut way too much. Hehehe

Anyways, up to this moment I hadn’t heard of henna brows. I knew about tattooing the skin with henna but not the brows. What happen here is that you also dye the skin, not the hair. The henna pigment stain the skin beneath your brow hair, giving the impression you have a more defined, perfect eyebrow, with no flaw or sparseness. Also it can give them a fuller vibe.

Me and my Henna Brows.

In another words, your eyebrows stand out a little more. And it does look very natural. Even more than when you use make up for it.

By the way, henna is a natural dye made from a plant known as hina or the henna tree. Henna has been around since ancient Egyptian times when it was used for many purposes such as dyeing hair, clothes, fabrics and as make up.

The henna brow process is quick and safe, although, if it is your first time using henna, before applying it straight to your eyebrows you should test to see whether or not you are allergic to it. You never know until you use it.

And yes, it is a better idea to go to a professional to do it for you. The session can last up to 15 minutes. Mine took around 5 cause I wanted a very light touch for my first time. Plus I do think that something too strong can frame even more the little imperfections I’d rather conceal like wrinkles and spots.

The Henna Brows lasts around 10 to 15 days. After that, it fades away. To keep it for longer it is better not to wash or exfoliate the eyebrow area.

Although I never tried tattooing or microblading, I believe, for what I have seen around, this is a good and more natural looking alternative to fill your brows. And you can have perfect eyebrows all day long for up to 2 weeks with no make up retouching. And if you don’t like the results, in 2 weeks will go away.